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Programs & Trainings

Programs are available for all students and groups (Resident Assistants, fraternity and sorority leaders and chapters, Peer Advisers) and faculty and staff. These sessions are led by the professional HPaW staff, graduate interns, and/or WATCH peer health educators. We have programs that focus heavily on alcohol and other drug use as well as overall health and wellness. Other specific wellness related topics can be programmed around but may require additional planning time.

If your group would benefit from training or a workshop, below are descriptions of several readily available programs which may meet your group’s needs. Questions can be directed to HPaW at

A minimum of two weeks advance notice, from the date you wish to hold your program, is expected for any request. 


Drinking (or Drugging) Culture Close-Up

60-90 minutes, minimum of 15 Participants

Fill out this Google Form to request and schedule this training.

This program is designed for closer, intact student groups (Greek organization, athletic team, a student organization, a tightknit residence hall floor, etc.) and can help your group safely identify and discuss positive and negative perspectives, attitudes and impacts of drinking or other drug use. It will open the door for peer conversation about whether – and if so, how – to make adjustments in your drinking/drugging culture for the benefit of all. The discussion is facilitated with the use of an anonymous survey that is completed by members of the group prior to the program. You might be surprised at what your peers have to say! 


QPR Suicide Prevention Program

To help our community recognize warning signs for suicide and assist others in need, we have chosen the QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training Program, a community-focused, nationally-recognized, empirically-based suicide prevention program, to educate our community about suicide and the resources available for those needing professional help.

Any person on our campus (i.e., student, staff, or faculty) who is in a position to notice that another individual is distressed and needs help is a “gatekeeper.”

QPR is intended to teach individuals how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, and provides guidelines on how to:

  • Question a person about potential suicidal thoughts,
  • Persuade them to seek help, and
  • Refer them to appropriate professional services.

The 60-minute QPR program is appropriate for students, faculty, and staff.

For student QPR enrollment and requests, please use this form: Student QPR Enrollment & Request Form

For staff and faculty QPR requests, contact Sam Conway at

Learn more about QPR from the QPR Institute

Alcohol 'NU

90 minutes

Through a variety of interactive components including live polling, standard drink pouring, and virtual BAC calculation, Alcohol ‘NU takes participants on an exploration of alcohol’s effects on the individual culminating with a discussion around harm reducing drinking practices. Normative data is shared in order to help individuals better understand how and where they fit into the larger culture and correct any misconceptions they may have about drinking norms amongst their peers. Overall, Alcohol ‘NU provides the necessary information for participants to make more informed choices if and when they choose to engage with alcohol.

To schedule this training, email HPaW at 

Eight Dimensions of Wellness Workshop

75 minutes, minimum of 10 participants

This multidimensional, interactive workshop allows students to explore the Eight Dimensions of Wellness, resources available to support each dimension, and begin thinking about ways in which they can make positive changes to their overall wellness.

To schedule this training, email HPaW at 

Red Watch Band Bystander Intervention Training

90 minutes, minimum of 10 participants

Originally developed by Stony Brook University and implemented at NU in 2010, this peer-led bystander intervention training provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify and intervene effectively in an alcohol-related medical emergency. Join the over 4,000 Northwestern students who have completed Red Watch Band training to date. Trainings are available for both individual students and organizations/groups.

To sign up for an open training or request a training for your student organization, complete this form.


5-week workshop, one 75-minute session each week

ResilientNU hosts small group cohorts for 5 weeks each quarter. Cohorts address mindfulness, personal values, thinking patterns, de-stressing techniques, and anti-perfectionism. 

Week 1: Wellness WYA? Reflect on how your day-to-day actions align (or don’t) with your personal values. 

Week 2: All the Feels! Acknowledge different models of emotion and unhealthy yet totally normal thinking patterns. 

Week 3: Keep Calm and Stay Calm. Since mindfulness can seem vague and intimidating, we focus on alternative and realistic applications of mindfulness at Northwestern. 

Week 4: Being Resilient. You are already resilient. Learn how to tell your own story and connect with others’ hardships, failures, and survival. 

Week 5: Bounce Back! Let’s strengthen our coping toolkits and reflect on our 5 weeks together. 

Most quarters, we run one or more cohorts that are open to all students. Additionally, we offer some identity-based cohorts which vary quarter to quarter.

Interested in signing up for one of our cohorts or learning more about us?  Fill out our interest form at or email us at

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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an evidence-based training created by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing designed to provide participants with the skills to identify, destigmatize, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorder, enabling those trained to offer immediate, concrete support.

MHFA has shown to be effective internationally. Peer-reviewed studies show that individuals trained in the program:

  • Grow their knowledge of signs, symptoms, and risk factors of mental illnesses and addictions.
  • Can identify multiple types of professional and self-help resources for individuals with a mental illness or addiction.
  • Increase their confidence in and likelihood to help an individual in distress.
  • Show increased mental wellness themselves.

MHFA is not designed to replace the work of mental health professionals. 

Virtual MHFA is a 7 hour, 2-half-day training. In-person MHFA is a 7.5 hour, 1-day training. All participants are required to complete 2 hours of self-paced online pre-work before attending a training.  The maximum amount of participants per training is 25.

For student MHFA enrollment and requests, please use this form: Student Mental Health First Aid Enrollment & Request Form

For staff and faculty MHFA enrollment and requests, please see more information and sign up through HR Well-Being.